Alstom in Germany

Alstom in Germany

Alstom is a global leader in the world of power generation, power transmission and rail infrastructure and sets the benchmark for innovative and environmentally friendly technologies. Alstom builds the fastest train and the highest capacity automated metro in the world, provides turnkey integrated power plant solutions and associated services for a wide variety of energy sources, including hydro, nuclear, gas, coal and wind, and it offers a wide range of solutions for power transmission, with a focus on smart grids. The Group employs 88,000 people in around 100 countries.

President's Message

Alf Henryk Wulf, Chairman of the German Management BoardAlstom Germany has a major industrial presence with a broad and advanced product portfolio and service offering in the core businesses of the group: power generation, power transmission and rail infrastructure. Competence centers for gasturbines, offshore-substations, boilers, power transformers and high voltage products are in Mannheim, Dresden, Stuttgart, Mönchengladbach and Kassel. The location of the international competence center for regional trains is Salzgitter, Wiesbaden is the technology center for carbone capture solutions.

Alstom sets the benchmark for innovative and environmentally friendly technologies. Our trains are recyclable up to 98% - through Eco-Design approach. With self-floating and self-installing offshore substations, we are supporting the turn of energy policies in Germany with pioneering work. The next generation of our well-proven gas turbine-technology features higher electrical efficiency of over 61% as well as increased flexibility.

Alstom realised the first oxyfuel pilot power plant worldwide to capture carbon dioxide in Brandenburg and delivered electro technics for the first offshore substation in Germany. With an 876 MW output, Alstom turnkey solution Lingen is one of the world's most modern combined cycle power plants. Every fourth power transformer in Germany is delivered from Alstom today. Our trains drive from Schleswig-Holstein to Bavaria. Over 750 sold units and a market share of over 70% prove that our Coradia Lint, which has been developed only ten years ago, established itself in regional railway traffic.

In Germany, Alstom has a workforce of 7,600 employees who are working on 23 sites in power generation, energy transmission and rail infrastructure.

Alstom in Germany is shaping the future!

Alf Henryk Wulf, Chairman of the German Management Board

Board of directors of Alstom in Germany

Head and Representative office of Alstom Germany are situated in Mannheim and Berlin. Chairman of the board is Alf Henryk Wulf, who guides the company and represents it externally.

The board of directors consists of the following members:

Alf Henryk Wulf, Chairman 

Joachim Gessner, as member of the board responsible for Finance

Dr. Martin Lange, as member of the Board responsible for Transport

Adolf Roesch, as member of the Board responsible for Power

Dr. Jochen Schwarz, as member of the Board responsible for Grid

Detlef Stramma, as member of the Board responsible for HR

These members of the board represent the company externally – also legally – and are entrusted internally with managing the companys' business.


References Power

Neurath F+G

The Neurath power plant is located near Cologne in West Germany. It will be world's biggest lignite power plant with a net capacity of 2,100 MW.

  • Fuel: Coal (lignite)
  • Scope of supply: Turnkey Plant
  • Product: Pulverised coal ultra-supercritical steam power plant
  • Power Output: 2 x 1,100 MW   
  • Customer: RWE Power AG
  • Efficiency degree: > 43 %

Neurath F+G is pioneer in the new generation of high-efficiency coal power plants:

First lignite power plant with ultra-supercritical process parameters
Biggest lignite power plant in the world with optimised plant technology (BoA)

KA 26 combined cycle Emsland

Combined cycle power plant for highest flexibility and plant efficiency, also to balance the volatility of renewable energies.

  • Power Output: 876 MW
  • Degree of efficiency: > 59%
  • Scope of supply: Turnkey Plant

EUCERS Strategy Paper

EUCERS – European Centre for Energy & Resource Strategy

"The Future Role of Coal: International Market Realities vs Climate Protection?"

References Transport

A clear leadership of the Coradia portfolio in Germany, but also successes around the world   

  • More than 1,000 Coradia trains sold
  • 70% of Germany DMU market share for Coradia Lint over the last 10 years

Some of our references:

First fleet for hybrid shunting locomotives in commercial operation in Europe.

Metros for Hamburger Hochbahn.

83 electrical multiple units for the commuter railway system in Stuttgart (in consortium)

100 RegioCitadis tramtrains for Kassel (hybrid drive) and DenHaag

References Grid


Alpha Ventus (2007)
Substation and platform equipment
60 MW
1x 75 MVA

Alstom Scope: Turnkey delivery of substation and platform equipment including:

  • 110/30 kV power transformer
  • Substation protection & control
  • 110 kV & 30 kV GIS switchgear
  • Cabling on platform
  • AC/DC equipment
  • Diesel generators
  • Marine equipment
  • Fire protection
  • Commissioning

In 2011, Alpha Ventus produced 267 Mio. kWh
That is 15 % more than expected and more than 4,400h at full power


Alstom scope: Conventional Power Transformers up to 765kV and 1500 MVA

Power transformer of highest capacity and with most weight ever build in Germany has been supplied by Alstom Grid:

  • 1100 MVA, 410/27 kV
  • Transport weight: 450 t
  • Total weight: 600 t

The Future Ahead

Our Corporate Responsibility

Alstom Germany assumes its social and environmental responsibility by focusing on a sustainable corporate strategy along the complete value chain. Our corporate responsibility towards employees, society and the environment is a crucial part of every corporate decision making.

Environmental Protection & Production

Due to environmentally sensitive considerations, Alstom solely uses energy saving lamps in all its locations. Furthermore, our videoconferencing system enables our employees to avoid unnecessary travelling whenever possible. Alstom’s latest accomplishment is a charging station for electric vehicles, operating through a wind turbine and photovoltaic cells. After a successful testing phase more green charging stations are planned to be installed at other Alstom locations throughout Germany.

Local Corporate Citizenship

Beyond the scope of our business operations, Alstom Germany feels responsible for its social environment. We support a wide range of projects on education, culture and social issues. With regard to the shortage of skilled professionals, it is one of our main concerns to inspire young people for technical subjects. Therefore, Alstom co-operates with schools and universities, offers factory visits at production sites, and has for some years been providing support to the “Girls’ Day”, an initiative to promote technical professions to young women.

Moreover, Alstom actively commits itself to charitable causes, for example by organising fundraising campaigns and by supporting initiatives, such as the free lunch for the deprived in Kassel. After the devastating flood in Germany in the summer of 2013, employees at Alstom’s Stendal site actively supported the flood victims. Moreover, our employees and the management gathered donations for the flood victims of the river Elbe.

Workplace Improvement and Personnel Development

In order to promote the individual development of our employees, Alstom offers a variety of professional programmes. We are devoted to a family friendly corporate policy and support our employees in managing the balancing act between their family and their job with possibilities such as cost sharing for childcare by the company and flexible working hours. Apart from that, our colleagues in Mönchengladbach received the award for being the most disability friendly company in North Rhine-Westphalia in 2013.

Dr. Christoph LöwerDo You Have Any Questions?

Dr. Christoph Löwer
Director Government Relations & Sustainability

Health & Safety

In Alstom, we consider the health, safety and well-being of our employees, customers and stakeholders, as well as care for the environment in which we operate, as central issues for the Group.
The focus of Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) lies on the well-being of our people. Therefore, we work actively to be the best in these areas. We want everyone - managers and employees at every level of the organisation - to adopt a proactive attitude to EHS.
In practical terms, Managers have to identify and evaluate the risks linked to our activity and take measures to limit them. Employees must be included in this process. EHS not only relates to the manufacturing level, it includes the whole lifespan of the product, from conception to sales, and from manufacturing to delivery.

History of Alstom in Germany

Alstom Germany has a long tradition.

Here you can find some key data of our history:


Gottfried Linke in Breslau receives his first order: construction of 100 open railway freight cars (Transport) 


Founding of the company Centralwerkstatt für Lokomotiven und Wagen (Central Maintenance Works for Locomotives and Coaches) by the railway company Magdeburger-Halberstädter Eisenbahngesellschaft (Lokomotiven Service) 


Founding of Deutsche Edison-Gesellschaft für angewandte Elektricität (DEG) which was renamed Allgemeine Elektricitäts Gesellschaft – General Electric Company (AEG) in 1887 (Grid) 


The company has grown fast: Linke’s company produces the 120,000th railcar in Breslau (Transport) 


Foundation of Brown, Boveri & Cie., Baden/CH (BBC) (Power)
Founding of the company Sigmund Bergmann & Co (Power Service) 


BBC Office in Frankfurt/M. (Power) 


Order for Mannheim Power Station
Contract of building a factory in Mannheim-Käfertal (Power)


Start in Mannheim-Käfertal
Foundation of BBC Germany in Mannheim (Power)


Founding in Kassel, Germany, of the company known as Schmidt’sche Heissdampf Gesellschaft mbH (Energy Recovery)


Revolution in Generator Technique (Patent 1912)
Ludwig Roebel (1878-1934), Engineer in Mannheim, invents a new type of winding (Power)
The company Linke KG merges with the railway freight car builders Gebrüder Hofmann, of Breslau. The new company is named Linke-Hofmann-Werke AG (Transport)


New dimensions in steam turbine technology (Power)
BBC steam turbomachinery acchieved 40.000 PS efficiency (Power)


The Stendal Central Maintenance Works are upgraded and become an official maintenance facility for German national railways (Reichsbahn) (Lokomotiven Service)


Founding of the company in Nuremberg, as KSG Kohlenscheidungsgesellschaft GmbH (Power)


The company KSG moves from Nuremberg to Berlin (Boiler)


The company Linke-Hofmann-Werke AG merges with the company Waggon- und Maschinenfabrik AG (earlier known as Busch), of Bautzen, Germany
The new company is known as Linke-Hofmann-Busch AG (Transport)


Founding of VEB Bergmann-Borsig (Power)
Production begins of the first prototype locomotive fired with coal powder, as the fore-runner of the Wendler model (Lokomotiven Service)


Reconstruction and a new start after the war, in Salzgitter-Watenstedt, Germany, with organization as a syndicate with the company Fahrzeug und Maschinen GmbH (FAMAS) (Transport)


Acquisition of the company by Didier AG, of Wiesbaden, Germany (Energy Recovery)


The company Linke-Hofmann-Busch (LHB) does business once again as a producer of rolling stock (Transport)


Founding of the company EVT Energie- und Verfahrenstechnik GmbH in Stuttgart, with acquisition of the steam generation activities of the following companies:
- Buckau R. Wolf AG, of Grevenbroich, Germany
- Walther & Cie AG, of Cologne
- KSG Kohlenscheidungsgesellschaft GmbH, of Stuttgart (Boiler)


Expansion of the company EVT by addition of steamgeneration capabilities of the company MAN, of Nuremberg (Boiler)
Servicing of the first hydraulic diesel locomotive in the BR 110 series (Lokomotiven Service)


Up to 300 main inspections for locomotive series 110 are conducted annually, as well as numerous minor repairs (Lokomotiven Service)


Acquisition of the company by EVT Energie- und Verfahrenstechnik GmbH, of Stuttgart (Energy Recovery)
The last steam locomotive (no. 51 8184-5) leaves the maintenance centre on 5 October. Until this date, the Stendal plant performed maintenance on 25,420 steam locomotives (Lokomotiven Service)


ABB Asea Brown Boveri AG, Zürich Merger of ASEA AB,Västeras/Sweden
and BBC Brown Boveri AG, Baden/Switzerland (Power)
The world-wide largest gas turbine was built (Power)
Founding of the company ASEA Brown Boveri AG (Power Service)


ABB Kraftwerke AG (KWE) founded (Power)
Record in long-term operation of a steam power plant (Power)
The Franco-English group GEC ALSTHOM acquires interest in the EVT Group (Energy Recovery)
Merger of General Electric Company (GEC), England and Compagnie Générale d’électricité (CGE), France. Founding of GEC Alsthom (Power)


The company becomes ASEA Brown Boveri (Power Service)


Founding of an independent limited-liability company (German GmbH) (Power Service)


Modernisation of the KWE production (Power)
The international group GEC ALSTHOM acquires 51 per cent of the shares in the company LHB (Transport)


Acquisition of the company Rekuperator Schack GmbH, of Düsseldorf, founded in 1931, and change of the company’s name to SHG-Schack GmbH (Energy Recovery)
The Franco-English group GEC Alsthom acquires 100 per cent of the company EVT (Boiler)
Founding of the power-plant service specialist ABB Kraftwerke Service GmbH (Power Service)


Concentration of company activities on power-plant service (Power Service)
LHB is one of the first manufacturers of rolling stock to be certified under the Ecological Audit Ordnance issued by the European Communities (EG) (Transport)
The Transmission & Distribution division of AEG becomes part of the Franco-British company GEC Alsthom (Grid)


ABB Technikdienste and Logistik GmbH founded Created out of KWE as a 100 per cent subsidiary of ABB Germany
Highest availability with coal-fired steam power plant units (Power)
GEC ALSTHOM acquires 100 per cent interest in LHB (Transport)


GEC ALSTOM goes public in London, Paris, and New York; the company changes its name to ALSTOM Energy Systems SHG GmbH (Energy Recovery)
The corporate name of the group is changed from GEC Alsthom to Alstom. In conjunction herewith, the name of EVT is changed to ALSTOM Energy Systems GmbH (Boiler)
Deutsche Bahn AG subdivides its business sector Traction and Plants into several business areas. The main railway workshop in Stendal is assigned heavy maintenance jobs for the Regio rolling stock of Deutsche Bahn AG (Lokomotiven Service)
GEC ALSTOM changes its company name to Alstom. The company Linke-Hofmann-Busch GmbH now does business under the name ALSTOM LHB GmbH (Transport)


ABB and Alstom form a joint company in the field of power generation (Support, Generation) called ABB ALSTOM POWER, accompanied by change of the company name to ALSTOM POWER Combustion GmbH (Boiler)
Merger of the power activities of ALSTOM and ABB to form ABB ALSTOM Power. The company is now known as ABB ALSTOM Power SHG GmbH (Energy Recovery)
Merger of the power-supply divisions of ABB and ALSTOM (Power Service)
German national railways, Deutsche Bahn AG, authorizes the private sale of decommissioned power cars from the locomotive series 202 and 212. A number of locomotives from the V 100 class are fitted out in accordance with customers’ wishes, and locomotives from classes V 60 and V 180 are refurbished (Lokomotiven Service)


Alstom acquires ABB’s 50 per cent share of ABB ALSTOM POWER


Merger of ALSTOM Power Air Preheater GmbH with ALSTOM Power Energy Recovery GmbH (Energy Recovery)


Founding of a joint venture by ALSTOM Lokomotiven Service GmbH and Deutsche Bahn AG. Alstom takes charge of business management (Lokomotiven Service)


Alstom LHB GmbH becomes Alstom Transport Deutschland GmbH (Transport)


Alstom acquires the transmission activities of Areva T&D and forms the new sector Alstom Grid (Grid)